Are There Really Two Sides When It Comes to Political Violence in the U.S.?

by Robert Creamer Added 16.08.2017
Three days after the violence in Charlottesville, Donald Trump doubled down on his shocking accusation that when it came to political violence in the United States, there were “two sides.”  In fact, he argued that the media simply ignored the...

A major uprising in Jerusalem and beyond is just a few missteps away

by Carlo Aldrovandi Added 16.08.2017
The last thing the Middle East needs is a major conflagration in Israel-Palestine – but a summer crisis in Jerusalem made it clear that in the right circumstances, it really could happen. The crisis began in the early hours of July 14. Three...

‘Locked & Loaded’ Trump’s 1960s Cowboyism re: N. Korea & Venezuela

by Juan Cole Added 13.08.2017
If you were away from news on Friday, you might like to know that in addition to hot wars in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Yemen (and maybe Somalia and Libya), the Trump administration talks as though it is on the brink of opening new fronts in...

Surviving America’s Political Meltdown

by Jeffrey D. Sachs Added 11.08.2017
  NEW YORK – The US is in the midst of a political meltdown, unable to manage a domestic economic agenda or a coherent foreign policy. The White House is in turmoil; Congress is paralyzed; and the world is looking on in astonishment and dread....

Congress Should Curb Trump’s Ability to Launch First Nuclear Strike

by Robert Creamer Added 10.08.2017
Donald Trump actually threatened North Korea with a nuclear attack if their egomaniacal leader continued to “threaten” the United States. The idea that the United States of America would seriously consider launching a nuclear war over a verbal...

Will Trump Unite Europe?

by Zaki Laïdi Added 10.08.2017
PARIS – Beyond his bizarre, intemperate tweeting, the challenge that US President Donald Trump poses for Europe is real, but not always easily defined. There are differences between what Trump says, what his administration does, and what...

Trump's threat of 'fire and fury' is a gift to North Korea's propaganda machine

by Virginie Grzelczyk Added 10.08.2017
Anyone who thought August might offer a lull in geopolitical crises got a rude awakening when, from the confines of his New Jersey golf resort, Donald Trump essentially foretold a thermonuclear war with North Korea. Asked about the north’s...

Trump and the Cosmopolitans

by Ian Buruma Added 09.08.2017
NEW YORK – President Donald Trump’s administration has announced that it wants to cut legal immigration to the United States by half, and favor well educated immigrants who speak good English. When a CNN correspondent named Jim Acosta, the son...

America’s Dangerous Anti-Iran Posturing

by Jeffrey D. Sachs Added 06.08.2017
NEW YORK – In recent weeks, US President Donald Trump and his advisers have joined Saudi Arabia in accusing Iran of being the epicenter of Middle East terrorism. The US Congress, meanwhile, is readying yet another round of sanctions against...

Protectionism Will Not Protect Jobs Anywhere

by Kenneth Rogoff Added 06.08.2017
CAMBRIDGE – As US and European political leaders fret about the future of quality jobs, they would do well to look at the far bigger problems faced by developing Asia – problems that threaten to place massive downward pressure on global wages....

The Noose Tightens

by Elizabeth Drew Added 05.08.2017
WASHINGTON, DC – Even with a new minder trying to bring some order to the White House, President Donald Trump remains in a heap of trouble. The recent installation of retired general John Kelly, formerly Trump’s Secretary for Homeland Security,...

Gaza — A Disaster In The Making

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 30.07.2017
It has been ten years since Hamas defeated the Palestinian Authority in Gaza and assumed control over the territory. Today, the socio-economic conditions in Gaza are so horrendous that if nothing is done immediately, the whole area is bound to...

The West’s Decadent Foreign Policy

by Chris Patten Added 25.07.2017
LONDON – Nowadays, the West can be described as decadent. That does not mean simply that we are addicted to “bread and circuses,” from welfare programs in Europe (which we can barely afford) to the Super Bowl in the United States. It means also...

Why Obamacare Survived

by Jeffrey Frankel Added 25.07.2017
CAMBRIDGE – Since the United States’ Affordable Care Act (ACA) – or “Obamacare” – was enacted in 2010, Republicans have been promising to “repeal and replace” it. When the 2016 presidential and congressional elections delivered all three...

Britain En Marche ?

by Bill Emmott Added 25.07.2017
LONDON – We live in a politically turbulent age. Parties barely a year old have recently swept to power in France and in the huge metropolitan area of Tokyo. A party less than five years old is leading opinion polls in Italy. A political...

The Middle East’s Next War

by Joschka Fischer Added 23.07.2017
BERLIN – With the retaking of Mosul in northern Iraq, the Islamic State (ISIS) could soon be a thing of the past. But the defeat of ISIS and the demise of its self-proclaimed Iraqi-Syrian caliphate won’t bring peace to the Middle East, or even...

A Question for Washington: Who in the Gulf Finances Terrorism?

by Giorgio Cafiero and Daniel Wagner Added 20.07.2017
Journalists in Middle Eastern media outlets have been engaged in harsh mudslinging ever since Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, and Bahrain (aka the quartet) severed diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar in June over...

The History Is Too Deep, the Pain Is Too Real

by James J. Zogby Added 18.07.2017
  A week ago, a pro-Israel media monitoring group accused me of making "an unsubstantiated charge that Israel supporters are responsible" for discrimination, hate crimes, and the political exclusion of Arab Americans. Because this issue is so...

Is Productivity Growth Becoming Irrelevant?

by Adair Turner Added 18.07.2017
LONDON – As the Nobel laureate economist Robert Solow noted in 1987, computers are “everywhere but in the productivity statistics.” Since then, the so-called productivity paradox has become ever more striking. Automation has eliminated many...

The New Abnormal in Monetary Policy

by Nouriel Roubini Added 11.07.2017
NEW YORK – Financial markets are starting to get rattled by the winding down of unconventional monetary policies in many advanced economies. Soon enough, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) and the Swiss National Bank (SNB) will be the only central banks...
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